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Where to Eat on New Year’s Day in Austin for 2022

Start off on the right foot with lucky dishes (oh hi, black-eyed peas) and brunch

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Soon enough, it’ll be 2022, which means good riddance to 2021 (a familiar refrain). The first day of a new year requires hearty brunch food, good luck dishes (lots of black-eyed peas), and some mimosas for those who may have partied way too hard on New Year’s Eve and/or are seeking to start the new year on the right foot. From black-eyed peas at William Chris Vineyards to chicken and waffles at Sixth and Waller, here are the hangover brunches your body needs to have you feeling ’22.

Everything below should be open or available on Saturday, January 1, 2022. While you’re here, check out our roundup of the best New Year’s Eve dinners, parties, and takeout meals.

As with all businesses right now, be sure to call ahead to make sure each business is still open or if there are updates on current offerings and service models, as things are changing constantly. Be sure to wear a mask, tip well, and, if you’re ordering delivery, try to order directly from the restaurant themselves.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Salt Traders Coastal Cooking Round Rock

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It’s the best of both worlds at Jack Gilmore’s seafood restaurant: warming, filling seafood chowder poured over French fries. Takeout orders are available for both locations as well (the other in Zilker). The restaurants are open for dine-in services.

Salt Trader Coastal Cooking’s chowder fries
Salt Trader Coastal Cooking’s chowder fries
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Taco More

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The pozole and the menudo from the Mexican restaurant are epic and hearty. Takeout orders for all locations (including Round Rock and Riverside) are available; all locations are open for dine-in services.

Seoulju Korean Kitchen and Bar

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Ramen plus cheese is a wonderfully hearty, soothing dish, and it can be found over at the Korean restaurant. There are pickup orders available. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Julie's Noodles

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Noodles and dumplings are considered good luck foods, and both can be found at the North Austin Chinese restaurant. Pickup orders can be placed online and the restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Dumplings from Julie’s Noodles
Dumplings from Julie’s Noodles
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DrinkWell

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The North Loop bar will be open on New Year’s Day supporting charitable organization the Barman’s Fund. Tips from the pop-up drinks and merchandise sales will benefit nonprofit Casa Marianella. It’s open from noon to 6 p.m.

Wasota Vegan Paradise

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The North Loop trailer dishes out comforting vegan West African fare, which includes black-eyed peas (including fritters), cabbages, and fried plantains. Place to-go orders in person.

Jeffrey's

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The MML Hospitality’s crown jewel is offering its ninth-annual New Year’s Day blowout brunch with a celebratory seafood tower, carving station, desserts, and other breakfast specialties (think eggs benedict, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and more). Brunch is $155 per person, $55 for kids ages 8 to 12, and free for kids 7 and under. Singer Pamela Hart will be serenading diners from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Reservations are available by phone only, so call (512) 477-5584 to book ASAP.

Irene’s

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Whether you’re going full-hair-of-the-dog for brunch or trying to sop up all that booze from the night before, the brunch at the West Sixth restaurant has you covered. Nothing says hangover cure like $5 frosés. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. alongside Irene’s regular menu, as well as decadent bloody mary specials, loaded tater tots, and fried chicken biscuits.

Sixth and Waller

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The pink global diner at the bottom of East Austin Hotel is expanding its everyday morning meal with a special hangover brunch. From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. diners can enjoy a $25 chicken and waffles special with bourbon maple, strawberry Thai jam, braised cabbage, and, of course, Hoppin’ Ôohn. 

The Cavalier

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Sip one of Austin’s best bloody marys for a chill brunch. The Cavalier is serving black-eyed peas specials in addition to its usual brunch menu from noon to 4 p.m. 

Biscuits and gravy from the Cavalier
Biscuits and gravy from the Cavalier
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Salt & Time Wine Shop

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The East Austin butcher shop/restaurant’s nearly-next-door wine shop and bar is offering a caviar board with blinis as part of its Saturday brunch service, alongside the usual menu. It’s available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Head downtown to the Four Seasons Austin for a super swanky New Year’s Day brunch buffet for $78 per person. From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. this hotel restaurant is dishing up a cold buffet with poached jumbo shrimp and crab claws, ceviche, assorted pastries, and more, while the hot buffet is offering chicken-fried-chicken biscuit sandwiches and seasonal pancakes. There are also stations dedicated to eggs benedicts and carved meats, plus a whole dessert buffet to devour as well. 

Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

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One of Austin’s best breakfasts can be found at the longtime Mexican restaurant. The barbacoa plate with eggs, beans, potatoes, and tortillas is particularly great. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in-person and the restaurant is open for dine-in service.

A container of barbacoa meat, sunny-side up fried egg, sliced potatoes, and refried beans.
The to-go barbacoa plate from Joe’s Bakery
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The South Lamar seafood eatery is throwing a Bathrobe and Bingo brunch benefiting Cupid’s Charity for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Forget getting out of your jammies for this event, which will include raffle prizes, live music by Lila + Sofia, Texas-sized cocktails, $5 mimosas, and brunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Counter Culture

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If you’re starting on your vegan New Year’s resolution immediately, Counter Culture’s ninth-annual all-you-can-eat good luck buffet will satiate all your hangover brunch cravings. Along with the regular menu, the vegan Eastside cafe is serving local pumpkin grits, mac & cheeze, Hoppin’ John, roasted cabbage and carrots, honee mustard slaw, and biscuits with golden gravy. The buffet is $17 per person and $11 for kids 12 and under.

Jackfruit barbecue quesadilla from Counter Culture
Jackfruit barbecue quesadilla from Counter Culture
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Get lucky with the South First restaurant’s New Year’s Day brunch dish the Lucky Texan, which features applewood smoked bacon, braised kale, black-eyed peas, buttermilk biscuit with sausage gravy, and a fried egg for $26. The a la carte brunch menu will also be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hye Cider Company

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Head out to Hye, Texas for a special New Year’s Day Barbecue and Blues Brunch at the cidery. From noon to 3 p.m., guests can enjoy blues tunes by Ben Beckendorf, hot drink specials, cider tastings, and a barbecue feast by the Pig Pen chefs Travis and Cherry Graham. Reserve by emailing info@hyecidercompany.com, and walk-in spaces are also available.

Abby Jane Bakeshop

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The Dripping Springs restaurant will offer a weekend-long special brunch for the new year, including bananas foster baked French toast, Srsly chocolate croissants, vegetarian quiches, and, naturally, collard greens with black-eyed beans and Carolina gold rice. It’s available Saturday and Sunday, January 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

William Chris Vineyards

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Hill Country winery William Chris Vineyards is hosting its annual New Year’s Day Party with a family-friendly black-eyed peas cookoff. For $50, diners will dine on plenty of black-eyed peas, of course, and also enjoy a toast, an event t-shirt, William Chris wines, live music and more. Think you have what it takes to win best in show and fun prizes? There’s still time to enter the cook-off competition. Entry is $75 for a team of two.

El Tacorrido

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Eater readers say the east side El Tacorrido’s menudo is the best bowl of tripe soup in town. Pickup orders can be placed in-person through the drive-thrus of all of its locations.

Leroy And Lewis Barbecue

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The South Congress new-school barbecue restaurant is serving up menudo for New Year’s Day starting at 11 a.m., alongside its usual menu.

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Salt Traders Coastal Cooking Round Rock

Salt Trader Coastal Cooking’s chowder fries
Salt Trader Coastal Cooking’s chowder fries
Nadia Chaudhury/Eater Austin

It’s the best of both worlds at Jack Gilmore’s seafood restaurant: warming, filling seafood chowder poured over French fries. Takeout orders are available for both locations as well (the other in Zilker). The restaurants are open for dine-in services.

Salt Trader Coastal Cooking’s chowder fries
Salt Trader Coastal Cooking’s chowder fries
Nadia Chaudhury/Eater Austin

Taco More

The pozole and the menudo from the Mexican restaurant are epic and hearty. Takeout orders for all locations (including Round Rock and Riverside) are available; all locations are open for dine-in services.

Seoulju Korean Kitchen and Bar

Ramen plus cheese is a wonderfully hearty, soothing dish, and it can be found over at the Korean restaurant. There are pickup orders available. The restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Julie's Noodles

Dumplings from Julie’s Noodles
Dumplings from Julie’s Noodles
Julie’s Noodles/Facebook

Noodles and dumplings are considered good luck foods, and both can be found at the North Austin Chinese restaurant. Pickup orders can be placed online and the restaurant is open for dine-in service.

Dumplings from Julie’s Noodles
Dumplings from Julie’s Noodles
Julie’s Noodles/Facebook

DrinkWell

The North Loop bar will be open on New Year’s Day supporting charitable organization the Barman’s Fund. Tips from the pop-up drinks and merchandise sales will benefit nonprofit Casa Marianella. It’s open from noon to 6 p.m.

Wasota Vegan Paradise

The North Loop trailer dishes out comforting vegan West African fare, which includes black-eyed peas (including fritters), cabbages, and fried plantains. Place to-go orders in person.

Jeffrey's

The MML Hospitality’s crown jewel is offering its ninth-annual New Year’s Day blowout brunch with a celebratory seafood tower, carving station, desserts, and other breakfast specialties (think eggs benedict, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and more). Brunch is $155 per person, $55 for kids ages 8 to 12, and free for kids 7 and under. Singer Pamela Hart will be serenading diners from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Reservations are available by phone only, so call (512) 477-5584 to book ASAP.

Irene’s

Whether you’re going full-hair-of-the-dog for brunch or trying to sop up all that booze from the night before, the brunch at the West Sixth restaurant has you covered. Nothing says hangover cure like $5 frosés. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. alongside Irene’s regular menu, as well as decadent bloody mary specials, loaded tater tots, and fried chicken biscuits.

Sixth and Waller

The pink global diner at the bottom of East Austin Hotel is expanding its everyday morning meal with a special hangover brunch. From 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. diners can enjoy a $25 chicken and waffles special with bourbon maple, strawberry Thai jam, braised cabbage, and, of course, Hoppin’ Ôohn. 

The Cavalier

Biscuits and gravy from the Cavalier
Biscuits and gravy from the Cavalier
The Cavalier [Official]

Sip one of Austin’s best bloody marys for a chill brunch. The Cavalier is serving black-eyed peas specials in addition to its usual brunch menu from noon to 4 p.m. 

Biscuits and gravy from the Cavalier
Biscuits and gravy from the Cavalier
The Cavalier [Official]

Salt & Time Wine Shop

The East Austin butcher shop/restaurant’s nearly-next-door wine shop and bar is offering a caviar board with blinis as part of its Saturday brunch service, alongside the usual menu. It’s available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  

Ciclo

Head downtown to the Four Seasons Austin for a super swanky New Year’s Day brunch buffet for $78 per person. From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. this hotel restaurant is dishing up a cold buffet with poached jumbo shrimp and crab claws, ceviche, assorted pastries, and more, while the hot buffet is offering chicken-fried-chicken biscuit sandwiches and seasonal pancakes. There are also stations dedicated to eggs benedicts and carved meats, plus a whole dessert buffet to devour as well. 

Joe’s Bakery & Coffee Shop

A container of barbacoa meat, sunny-side up fried egg, sliced potatoes, and refried beans.
The to-go barbacoa plate from Joe’s Bakery
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

One of Austin’s best breakfasts can be found at the longtime Mexican restaurant. The barbacoa plate with eggs, beans, potatoes, and tortillas is particularly great. Pickup orders can be placed over the phone or in-person and the restaurant is open for dine-in service.

A container of barbacoa meat, sunny-side up fried egg, sliced potatoes, and refried beans.
The to-go barbacoa plate from Joe’s Bakery
Nadia Chaudhury/EATX

TLC

The South Lamar seafood eatery is throwing a Bathrobe and Bingo brunch benefiting Cupid’s Charity for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Forget getting out of your jammies for this event, which will include raffle prizes, live music by Lila + Sofia, Texas-sized cocktails, $5 mimosas, and brunch specials from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Counter Culture

Jackfruit barbecue quesadilla from Counter Culture
Jackfruit barbecue quesadilla from Counter Culture
Counter Culture/Yelp

If you’re starting on your vegan New Year’s resolution immediately, Counter Culture’s ninth-annual all-you-can-eat good luck buffet will satiate all your hangover brunch cravings. Along with the regular menu, the vegan Eastside cafe is serving local pumpkin grits, mac & cheeze, Hoppin’ John, roasted cabbage and carrots, honee mustard slaw, and biscuits with golden gravy. The buffet is $17 per person and $11 for kids 12 and under.

Jackfruit barbecue quesadilla from Counter Culture
Jackfruit barbecue quesadilla from Counter Culture
Counter Culture/Yelp

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Get lucky with the South First restaurant’s New Year’s Day brunch dish the Lucky Texan, which features applewood smoked bacon, braised kale, black-eyed peas, buttermilk biscuit with sausage gravy, and a fried egg for $26. The a la carte brunch menu will also be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hye Cider Company

Head out to Hye, Texas for a special New Year’s Day Barbecue and Blues Brunch at the cidery. From noon to 3 p.m., guests can enjoy blues tunes by Ben Beckendorf, hot drink specials, cider tastings, and a barbecue feast by the Pig Pen chefs Travis and Cherry Graham. Reserve by emailing info@hyecidercompany.com, and walk-in spaces are also available.

Abby Jane Bakeshop

The Dripping Springs restaurant will offer a weekend-long special brunch for the new year, including bananas foster baked French toast, Srsly chocolate croissants, vegetarian quiches, and, naturally, collard greens with black-eyed beans and Carolina gold rice. It’s available Saturday and Sunday, January 1 and 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

William Chris Vineyards

Hill Country winery William Chris Vineyards is hosting its annual New Year’s Day Party with a family-friendly black-eyed peas cookoff. For $50, diners will dine on plenty of black-eyed peas, of course, and also enjoy a toast, an event t-shirt, William Chris wines, live music and more. Think you have what it takes to win best in show and fun prizes? There’s still time to enter the cook-off competition. Entry is $75 for a team of two.

El Tacorrido

Eater readers say the east side El Tacorrido’s menudo is the best bowl of tripe soup in town. Pickup orders can be placed in-person through the drive-thrus of all of its locations.

Leroy And Lewis Barbecue

The South Congress new-school barbecue restaurant is serving up menudo for New Year’s Day starting at 11 a.m., alongside its usual menu.

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